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Iraq’s Parliament Bars Government From Passing Reforms

CAIRO, Nov 2 (Reuters) Iraq’s parliament voted on Monday to bar the government from passing key reforms without its approval in an effort to restrict Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi, parliamentarians said. The chamber took the step after Abadi unilaterally passed reforms in August it considered a violation of the constitution such as sacking the vice presidents and deputy

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Turkey’s Erdogan Wins Majority Vote

BY Staff Reporter ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Nov. 2)  Turkey’s election results were announced late Sunday night and President Recep Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) won the snap elections in a landslide victory. Preliminary results projected a majority win by AKP with 49.4 percent of the vote, giving it 315 out of 550 seats in parliament.The main opposition

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China’s Two-Child Policy Yet To Take Effect

BEIJING, Nov 2 (Reuters) China must continue to enforce its one-child policy until new rules allowing all couples to have two children go into effect, the top family planning body said. The ruling Communist Party said last week that Beijing would loosen its decades-old one-child policy. But the plan for the change must be approved

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Russian Jet Broke Up in Mid Air, Too Early to Draw Conclusions: Official

CAIRO/MOSCOW Nov 2 (Reuters) A Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula broke up in mid-air, an official of a Moscow-based aviation agency said on Sunday after visiting the disaster site, but stressed it was too early to draw conclusions from this. Russian authorities also ordered Kogalymavia airline, operator of the Airbus A321 which

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Daesh Takes Syrian Town as Fighting Looks Set to Intensify

BEIRUT (Reuters) Daesh fighters drove Syrian government forces from a town in the west of the country on Sunday, as fighting looked set to intensify despite a flurry of international diplomacy and talks between regional rivals. The jihadists’ advance came even as Russian warplanes and Syrian forces supported by them stepped up assaults against insurgents

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Azerbaijan’s Ruling Party Likely to Win Elections

BAKU, Nov 1 (Reuters)  Azeri voters headed to the polls on Sunday for a parliamentary election, which Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev’s ruling party is widely expected to win, and which mainstream opposition and international monitors are shunning. Aliyev has consolidated his power since succeeding his father and long-serving leader Heydar in 2003, presiding over a

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Al Shabaab Claims Responsibility for Somali Hotel Attack

MOGADISHU, Nov 1 (Reuters)  Two bombs ripped into a hotel in the Somali capital on Sunday and security forces fought Islamist Al Shabaab gunmen, who stormed the building for hours afterwards, police and witnesses said. At least 11 people were killed. Al Shabaab, which has frequently launched attacks in Mogadishu in its bid to topple

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Polls Open in Turkey; Erdogan Hopes for Majority

Divided Turkey holds snap elections amid rising security and economic fears BY Staff Reporter  ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Nov 1): Turks began casting their votes on Sunday against a backdrop of economic and security concerns. The vote comes after failure to create a coalition government following June elections. The parliamentary elections–that were suddenly called–are set to decide the fate of the

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International Airlines Suspend Flights Over Sinai after Russian Plane Crash

BY Staff Reporter DUBAI (Nov. 1) Emirates, along with Lufthansa and Air France-KLM, have suspended flights over Sinai as a precaution, following Saturday’s crash of a Russian plane that resulted in the death of all 224 passengers aboard. “Emirates is currently avoiding flying over the Sinai peninsula until more information is available,” said a spokesperson of the Gulf carrier

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U.S.-backed Syrian Rebels Declare New Offensive Against Daesh

BEIRUT, Oct 31 (Reuters)  A U.S.-backed Syrian rebel alliance on Saturday announced a fresh offensive against Daesh in the northeast province of Hasaka, a day after the United States said it would send special forces to advise insurgents fighting the jihadists. “Today … we announce the start of the liberation of the southern countryside of Hasaka province,”

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